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File #: 18-0093    Version: 1 Name:
Type: Discussion Item Status: Filed
File created: 1/3/2018 In control: City Council
On agenda: 1/11/2018 Final action: 1/11/2018
Title: Anti-Slum Enforcement Team (ASET) Quarterly Status Report and Update on Rental Housing Improvement Act
Sponsors: Office of Mayor & City Manager, City Attorney's Office
Attachments: 1. Attachment A.pdf, 2. Attachment B.pdf
REPORT TO THE CITY COUNCIL



January 11, 2018


FROM: WILMA QUAN-SCHECTER, City Manager
Office of the City Manager
DOUGLAS T. SLOAN, City Attorney
City Attorney's Office
SUBJECT
Title
Anti-Slum Enforcement Team (ASET) Quarterly Status Report and Update on Rental Housing Improvement Act
Body
RECOMMENDATION
City Manager's Office and City Attorney's Office to provide a quarterly status report on the Development and Resource Management (DARM) Department's Anti-Slum Enforcement Team (ASET), and an update on the Rental Housing Improvement Act.

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
The Administration, City Attorney's Office (CAO), and DARM's Rental Housing Division staff are working in a coordinated effort to aggressively pursue compliance from landlords who are failing to maintain their rental properties. The City does not have resources to address and remedy all code violations, but through ASET is pursuing egregious violators with maximum fines, reimbursements, attorney fees, and other remedies such as receiverships. The mission of ASET is to increase the stock of habitable rental housing by pursuing violators to obtain code compliance. Quarterly reports are provided to the City Council concerning the status of ASET, results obtained, and any additional resources necessary to accomplish ASET's mission. The ASET Weekly Status Report is also posted to the City's website. ASET has successfully pursued compliance of approximately 4,200 violations in over 450 units. Currently, another 3,700 violations are being pursued in 320 units as part of active ASET cases.

BACKGROUND
ASET is dedicated to increasing the stock of affordable and habitable rental housing by pursuing and improving slum properties with substantial health and safety violations through education, fines, and/or receiverships. For clarification, on the Staff side ASET is a unit within DARM's Rental Housing Division. While ASET coordinates closely with other DARM units and Divisions, it is important to n...

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